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The Wrangler has entered the modern era, with more creature comforts, updated safety gear, and an available four-door model. Its off-road performance is very impressive. While on-road ride, handling, and refinement are improved, they are still not competitive. 
Alerts
There are 10 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2007. Side air bags available from 2007. ESC standard from 2007.
Road Test

The Wrangler has entered the modern era, with more creature comforts, updated safety gear, and an available four-door model. Its off-road performance is very impressive. While on-road ride, handling, and refinement are improved, they are still not competitive. 

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
2-door SUV
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 3.8-liter V6 (205 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2007 Jeep Wrangler owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

“the jeep was brought in to the dealer for the issue.all computer warnings were cleared and programing updated for $200 + . unfortunately this was not the solution. i brought the jeep to an independent repair shop , they fixed the problem with replacing a sensor”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Forced to pay for a new gas cap, didn't fix the problem, 400.00 repair at the dealer and still engine light is on”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“warning light stayed on. the sensor unit went bad and was fixed prior to being smog tested”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“The O2 sensors are related to the function of the catalytic converter. There are two catalytic converters and two O2 sensors per CC. All are giving me fits, I have to pay someone now to check out the CC's and the O2 sensors. May cost me more than just trading the jeep off for something else”

Anonymous, MS (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Sensor was replaced because of exhaust manifold leak”

Kevin L., IN (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Needed new sensor”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

“Fuel system light comes on repeatedly. The dealership just says to disconnect the battery and wait 10 minutes”

Don H., KS (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Check engine light would not go off. Required dealer repair of sensor”

E H., PA (2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Ball joints have had to be replaced twice since new. This vehicle has never gone offroad or abused (wife drives it). Very weak point in steering and nonservicable part (no greese zerks). In comparison my 1988 Toyota Pickup with over 350000 miles h”

Anonymous, MI (2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“At approx 180000 miles, the steering gear box is beginning to fail. This is evident when turned my the steering wheel from far right, back to the left. Only affects low speed operation”

Anonymous, MD (2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

“Steering damper failed causing violent shaking of front end when traveling on rough roads”

Anonymous, WV (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Chasing the Death Wobble. It's been three years. It'll be fine once one item is fixed for a short while but it returns eventually. Replaced stock track bar with heavy duty and used larger bolts due to bolt hole size. Left front ball joints and hub bearings were recently replaced”

Anonymous, RI (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Death Wobble due to worn greaseless ball joints”

Robert C., CT (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“The jeep would shake and would force me to slow down - they had to replace the dampener system”

Anonymous, GA (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“major vibration on the highway”

Anonymous, QC (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Bushings

“affected my steering”

Anonymous, QC (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

“Sticking calipers leading to overheated brakes repeatedly. Mechanic stymied”

Dave L., OH (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Had to replace 3 frozen brake calipers”

Anonymous, WV (2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

“Unable to adjust brake properly. Either not functioning at all, or dragging. Never safe to rely on”

Dave L., OH (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Antilock system (ABS)

“Repaired ABS sensor cable to reinstate function of cruise control, stability control, traction control”

E W., QC (2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Rotors

“Had to replace all 4 rotors”

Anonymous, WV (2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“IntermittenT small oil leak that seems to come from the upper rear engine area”

Robert N., AZ (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“I had an engine front cover porosity issue that was covered under a hidden warranty. Would have cost $2,500 to repair is I hadn't not found the recall. Even the dealer was not aware of this recall until I pointed it out”

Barbara F., AZ (2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Had to replace many gaskets due to oil leaking”

Anonymous, NV (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Transmission cooler lines are leaking, No repair parts , must buy complete line kit”

J H., MI (2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

“Front axle differential seal leak. Had to be replaced did both at the same time”

Jean-Marc L., QC (2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Hard top convertible is leaking around all seals. Leaves carpet damp of molding smell”

R R., MI (2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“the soft top leaks terribly at the door seal”

Monte H., LA (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Roof is a creaking mess”

J H., MI (2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

“Jeep was brought back several times to dealer for water leak and excessive wind noise. Even though there were service bulletins on these problems, nothing was done about it and I spent over 500.00 trying to fix it as per their suggestion. STILL bad”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Wind noise

“As the vehicle ages the wind noise has increased, with no water leaks. I suspect the weatherstripping is less flexiblE and compressed”

Robert N., AZ (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“Replaced intake manifold gaskets. Noticed smell of antifreeze first. Searched for coolant and found puddled near intake”

Brent B., TX (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

“Engine intake manifold leak. I have a 2007 wrangler with the unlimited powertrain factory coverage. It was repaired by the dealer at the same time as the front cover oil leak. No cost to me”

Barbara F., AZ (2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Radiator

“Radiator cracked and had to be replaced”

Mark-Amy E., CO (2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“The radiator has a small leak”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“If my knee hits the key when the vehicle is running, it turns the engine off even if traveling at highway speeds”

Anonymous, ME (2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
12V power plug

“one of the 12V power plugs has never worked”

Monte H., LA (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Gauges

“when electrical went out, gauges didn't work properly”

Matthew W., FL (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Turn signal lights have failed/blown to varying degrees requiring replacement bulbs”

Anonymous, AL (2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

“One bank (of 4) of catalytic converter elements failed; had to replace one side (two banks) with aftermarket components; very expensive”

Mark-Amy E., CO (2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Needs to be replaced”

Guillaume D., NJ (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Exhaust manifold

“Blown manifold gasket drivers side”

Kevin L., IN (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Old engine began to consume excessive oil, and started leaking coolant from engine block.Engine was still operational, but dealership replaced it under lifetime power train warranty”

Anonymous, MD (2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

“Engine had had a cam push rod replaced, but not done properly and had to be redone this time machining the cam shaft. Which should have been done the first time”

Jean-Marc L., QC (2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Engine froze up”

Anonymous, SC (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“Clutch needed to be replaced twice to correct the issue”

Anonymous, NV (2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Reverse clutch pack bad, 80 K miles rebuilding the Trans”

Anonymous, NV (2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Transmission shutter got so bad I had to replace transmission. Dealer installed several "update" reflash programs over the years with little or no improvement”

Anonymous, MI (2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“It's really not rough shifting but at around 40 to 50 mph it starts vibrating real bad. Not all the time but some of the time”

Chris C., IL (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Slipping transmission

“Slipped only in reverse”

Anonymous, NV (2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

“The car's electrical just stopped working. Resetting the power through the battery fixed it for 1 or 2 drives. Then it stopped for a month, came back, then stopped again and hasn't come back after replacing the Computer chip in engine”

Matthew W., FL (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
4WD/AWD components

“This vehicle has been a piece of junk from the day I bought it. Transmission was problematic from beginning. Had to be replaced at 60,000. Roof leaks. Motor would SHUT OFF COMPLETELY while driving. Since rebuild, 4 wheel drive shift linkage brok”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“Door hinges bubbling, chipping and rusting”

Jason B., NC (2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Serious rust bubbling up from surface of door and hood hinges. It's coming from beneath the paint. It is in my opinion a factory defect”

Marianne U., FL (2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen freezes up

“Occasionally the display screen goes blank and all functions are reset when it comes back on line”

John B., NV (2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Windshield Washer leaks for back window. Must replace whole assembly to fix. Rear window defogger has poor connections. Must redesign to repair”

Robert C., CT (2007 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Starter

“Got a new starter and it failed in 2 weeks”

Kenneth S., PA (2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

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